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One of the things I’ve become acquainted with during my years as a flight attendant is the Wonderful World of Shopping. I used to think of shopping as a necessary evil. It was something I did when there was no food left in the fridge, when the TV had broken down for good or when… read more »

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In January, I wrote a blog about crazy tours and contests, asking you to share the more unusual customs and contests of your own countries. On reviewing your comments, I was surprised to discover that both Heloisa T. Ramos Roberto of Brazil and William Setiawan of Indonesia mentioned contests that involve climbing a slippery pole… read more »

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2 februari Tomo Harada

You can get all kinds of travel deals these days. You can get a seat on a plane for less than what you would pay for lunch, or a seat that will cost you a year’s savings. But regardless of how much you pay to make your life easy, you sometimes pull the short straw.… read more »

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I have never met a Finn in the flesh, but they have always intrigued me. It all began with “Suomi Finland”. That’s what it says on Finnish postage stamps. I know this because I used to collect them as a boy. I also had stamps from the mysterious countries of Helvetia and Magyar Posta, which… read more »

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Just how happy are we? The scores for well-being may vary from one country to the next but the path to happiness is the same all over the world: family is important and so too are friends at home and at work. KLM took a look at the ingredients for happiness in six different countries.… read more »

posted by Richard de Nooy at 10:58 comment View Comments

Our Dutch ancestors really were quite ruthless in their quest for new lands and wealth beyond the horizon. Their conquests to the east and south and west still echo to this day in the bonds between the Netherlands and its former colonies. My father, born in 1919, grew up in Indonesia and eventually returned to… read more »

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Jelle with ball

Probably the best thing about having children is that you get to learn geography all over again. This is especially handy for people like me who did their last school tests before the fall of the Iron Curtain. Back in those days, everything east of Germany was one large, undifferentiated mass of green, marked USSR.… read more »